In a new interview with Metal Wani, Whitechapel frontman Phil Bozeman revealed his thoughts on genre elitism and compared metal to a “fashion contest.” 

“People are just so judgmental,” he said, “[metal is] one of the most judgmental genres that you can be in. Because if you’re not this type of metal, then you’re not true metal. There are just so many sub-genres of metal that it’s almost like a fashion contest at this point. A fashion show, you know?” (Transcription via The PRP.)

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He later added, “People are so quick to say like ‘Oh, this song’s awesome, who is it?’ you know, and they say, ‘Whitechapel,’ and they’re like ‘Oh, those guys suck, I’m not gonna listen.’ That just doesn’t make sense to me. You should like music just for the way it sounds, not because who is associated with it.”

What do you think? Do you feel pressured into listening (or not listening) to certain bands or songs? Leave us a comment with your thoughts.